The final thing of my design may be a product type design. So I made an interaction diagram and business flow. The interaction between people and products is mainly reflected in three aspects:
1. Interaction between human hands and small clouds (pinch, squeeze)
2. The way people use the chair normally
3. The spinning of the chair caused by the shaking of the human body.
The business model is also worth thinking about. If it appears on the market as a piece of furniture, how to stimulate people to purchase is also a problem. I considered making the material and color of this cloud more variable. People can buy products in newly launched colors. At the same time, they can also recycle old products and the old parts.
Some feedback from my interviewees
1.Worried that the balls inside will run out. It is recommended to add a double-layer shell, which will be more stable as well.
2.Looking forward to more interactions on the light. (How to turn on the light)
3.The “cloud” inside can be used separately.
4.Provide more using ways. For example: you can embrace “clouds” as a pillow.
5.Consider the size.
story board of different stakeholders
I have been thinking about other ways to use this product in addition to just the user’s own use. I think it can also be developed into a communicative chair.
I made some small mock-ups, and used wooden figures to assist in studying the interaction between people and products. There are three options that I think have more possibilities for development. And I want to keep the cloud element. I got inspiration from a picture: We all have our own clouds.
While retaining the cloud element, I also added the bubble element to this design. Because I think clouds and bubbles are things that can give people a relax and happy feeling. Clouds are soft and inclusive. The bubble seems to be turning our dreams into reality.
-The small “clouds” could be taken off from the big one（magic sticks）
-The material of the “cloud” is soft touching material. Users could pinch or use any gestures to relieve their emotions.
-The balls at the bottom may collide and make some white noise to help relieve stress.
-pinch the big “cloud” to turn on the light.
The original idea. This concept will make users have a “cloud” above their heads. The sound of raining from the clouds above the head acts as white noise.
-The small “clouds” could be taken off from the big one.
-Press the small “cloud” on the big one to turn on sound and lights.
Different lights from the top “cloud”.
-All clouds can be disassembled and combined freely.
-The semi-circular shell can also be used as a container for storing them.
I drew more sketches this week. When communicating with my friends and interviewees, I found that many what they want is pure relaxation. The screen-based interaction may bring more burden to them. So I decided to shift the focus of my design to the design of the product itself. At the same time, I also want to add lighting and sound design to this furniture. This week I also began to think about what materials should be used for my mock-up. Because I haven’t determined the specific final shape of this product, I decided to make some small models first for my users to make suggestions.
I have received a lot of feedback for all 3 concepts. Most of them said they were interested in my first one (product and physical decompression). I recalled the many suggestions that my interviewees gave us at that time. Young students need an intuitive way to relax. So I chose to provide them with more physical decompression methods instead of virtual communication via mobile phones. Even so, I am trying to figure out whether I can add some screen-based interactions to my design. Or that I am thinking about whether this is necessary. This week I tried some interaction ways and prepared to ask some of my friends and interviewees. But what I am also thinking about is how to give people a feeling of being cared.
-Product and app collaborative operation service（app + product）
-It can be a small object around us. It may be a pen holder or a light.
-The color of the light changes according to the information received in the app and the number of communication partners.
-The material of the light is soft, allowing people to apply force with their hands to produce shape changes.
The third concept is the combination of app and product. My initial focus has been on smaller products. The product could be a pen holder, a simple calendar, or a sticky note. I hope people’s emotional changes can be reflected from this emotional product. Its connected app can be a platform for peers to communicate and learn about themselves. Students can label themselves and find people similar to themselves to communicate with.
I got this inspiration from one of my interviewees. They sometimes have problems that they don’t need to communicate with their parents. Communicating with friends around them may be even stressful. Therefore, they would like to talk with others of the same age who have the same worries.
The most feedback I received from my interviewee is that they do not want the change of light to affect their learning. And hope the light can be adjusted by themselves.
-This “community” exists to provide an opportunity for both children and parents to get to know each other.
-Children can only see all the words and ideas from the “parents’ community”.
-Parents can only see the voices of different children in “children’s community”.
-People with the same doubts may find resonance on this platform.
The second concept is to help parents and children establish a good communication platform. I consider the importance of privacy for children. If it’s a public platform, I need to first make sure they can all communicate without fear of monitor. Children can say what they think because they don’t have to worry about being seen by their own parents. It also gives parents a chance to get to know their children. I hope they can not be disturbed by peers, and try to understand each other’s pressure. Provide more opportunities to communicate with each other.
There are are plenty of problems with this idea. My interviewee told me that they hoped that comments would not be added in the subsequent design, which would cause them to quarrel with people who had different views. So my idea now might be to build something that has a similar function to the thumb up system. More posts from thumb up might be easier for parents to see. At the same time, I also received some advice from parents. They are afraid that their children will have different personalities from the children in the community. They also encouraged me to think more about how to accurately target people.
(one of the organized sketches)
-I made some associations based on the natural expressing way of decompression mentioned by the interviewees.
-I wish to combine the natural expression of the body with the design of the products.
-The shape and structure of furniture may change according to the mood of user.
-Provide a relaxing experience according to some simple unconscious actions.
The first design is mainly about physical decompression design. The design is basically about the product and furniture design. The elements I might want to use at this stage are clouds and bubbles. Now there are two points that I have interests to think about: one is the cloud seat (drawn in the storyboard). There is also a tumbler bubble seat (the application of people’s habit of action.) And the circle is the purest form. But the use of theses two kinds of modelling may both need people’s gestures and action. This idea may is related to people’s natural expression.
Feedback(simple user test):
They also give me some feedback. Some of them show more interests in the bubble one.And they care more about the texture of the product. They care more about if they are easily to clean and maintain. For next step for this idea, I’ll focus more on how to let people express their physical body languages more natural.
I have selected three directions of ideas: products/furniture, to help children communicate well with their parents, and help students communicate with peers. When I was drawing the storyboard of the second idea, I asked my user for their opinions.
My idea is to apply a sensor that can recognize people’s facial expressions. The device may have been placed in the shape of a cloud near the door. When a family member comes home, it uses facial features to judge how they are feeling. If they are in a bad mood, the color of the cloud may darken. It uses its darkness to remind family members that it’s time to communicate with each other.
I tried to share this idea with my friends and interviewees. They agreed that facial recognition would place an unnecessary burden on people’s minds. It may make users more stressed. And the accuracy of facial recognition also brings a lot of contradictions. I decided to abandon this somewhat coercive communication program. And start thinking about how parents and children can get to know each other. Privacy is a very important issue that I have to consider.